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David S.

David S.

Joined on 11/09/03

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Most Favorable Review

Great Card For The Price

SYBA SD-SA2PEX-2IR PCI Express SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
SYBA SD-SA2PEX-2IR PCI Express SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Inexpensive, and has a relatively current SATAII chip

Cons: Very poor documentation, and the manufacturers website is even worse.

Overall Review: Others have mentioned flashing to the current SIL 3132 BIOS from Silicon Image website. This is a good thing, however, if like me your motherboard (DFI NF4) will not allow you to flash in DOS ( I booted from a DOS disk, and ran the Updflash, but the utility could not find the card for some reason), the next best thing is to do it in Windows. If you have a current Windows install, simply install the card, boot to Windows, and when prompted install the correct SIL 3132 driver. After that's completed, go to Device Manager/SCSI and RAID, then double click on the Silicon Image device. You will see a tab for BIOS flashing. Just load the newer BIOS file you downloaded fron Silicon Image, and flash it from there.

Most Critical Review

Dismal

Cisco Small Business RVS4000 Gigabit Security Router with VPN 1 x RJ45 WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
Cisco Small Business RVS4000 Gigabit Security Router with VPN 1 x RJ45 WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports

Pros: It has pretty lights. It hasn't exploded......yet

Cons: First off, not a n00b, read the installation instructions thoroughly. This unit replaced a Netgear Gigabit Router. Worked fine 1st day, 2nd day began to slow down gradually to a crawl, then no throughput at all. Unplugged it, let it rest for 10 sec, reconnected, everything came back. 3rd day same thing, slow down, followed by loss of throughput. Downloaded and installed the new firmware, and after rebooting seemed fine. Couple days later same problems as before, but now the added joy of complete dropout of the entire router. My little network icons turn to red X then attempt to find the router, and eventually do. I've taken to resetting the router every morning now to ensure it works most of the day

Lots of storage spage

Seagate BarraCuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Very quiet, with decent transfer speeds.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Lots of storage space for very little money. Beefed up my HTPC storage, and I'll be picking up a few more as needed.

Great for what it does

iStarUSA iStorm7 Heat Terminator Bracket 2x5.25" with 3 HDD Drive with 1x80mm Fan
iStarUSA iStorm7 Heat Terminator Bracket 2x5.25" with 3 HDD Drive with 1x80mm Fan

Pros: Added three drive slots to my tool-less case. Much better than the clunky 3.5" to 5 " drive adapters

Cons: None

Overall Review: Fan was not required, since my case is under a slight negative pressure. Others have complained about the quality of the front drop down door. It's plastic, people! Go easy with it and you'll have no problems.

So Far So Good

ADATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
ADATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very fast, and quite a bit snappier than the OCZ Vertex it replaced. Mine came with the new Firmware, and so far have not had any of the problems noted by others.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: My system consists of a Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P, Phenom II x6, and 4 Gigs of RAM. In two years I went through 4 OCZ Vertex drives, the original, plus 3 warranty replacements. When this last one began failing I figured it was time to switch to another Vendor. Hopefully this ADATA will have a longer life span.

What A Board!

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Setup was a breeze. Once the BIOS were flashed, my PII X2 550 unlocked and the rest is history.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Quality parts all around. CPU cooler mount has a real metal backplate. My Specs: Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P Phenom II X2 550 unlocked to X4 @ 3.9 GHz TR Ultra 120 Extreme w/ 2 x Scyth S-Flex push/pull G Skill F3-12800CL9-4GBNQ PC Power and Cooling 510-XE HIS 4670/512 OCZ Vertex Windows 7 X64